CEU Trustee Christ Named UC Berkeley Chancellor

CEU Trustee Carol T. Christ, currently UC Berkeley's interim executive vice chancellor and provost, has been selected as UC Berkeley's chancellor-designate, according to a statement by the university. Her nomination by University of California President Janet Napolitano was confirmed by the UC Board of Regents March 16, making Christ the first woman to serve in the role, becoming the 11th chancellor of UC Berkeley on July 1.

"We're just delighted for Carol," CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff said. "She has been a wise counselor to CEU and will provide wonderful leadership for Berkeley. Best of all, she will stay on as a trustee to CEU."

Christ, a scholar of Victorian literature in addition to serving in university administration in a variety of roles, joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 1970. She led the English Department, later became dean of humanities, then provost and dean of the College of Letters and Science, then was named vice chancellor and provost in 1994 and later executive vice chancellor. She left UC Berkeley in 2002 to serve as president of Smith College, one of the most distinguished liberal arts colleges in the United States, until 2013. She returned to UC Berkeley in 2015 and became a Trustee of CEU in the same year. 

Christ graduated with high honors from Douglass College, the women’s college at Rutgers University, and received her Ph.D. in English from Yale University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.